Woo hoo... Alias is back and I loved the whole set up of it. I hope the momentum keeps building up for the last episodes of the series. I love, have loved, and always will love this show. When it's done, I'll have to add the complete DVD collection to my list of series collections that I want.. by the way, so far, that list consists of Sex and the City and Wonder Woman. Jeez, can I be any gayer? I think so.
What else is on my mind? Well, for one, are we really surprised that two white, lacrosse-playing, Southern boys (and yes, they are boys) are accused of kidnapping and raping a black stripper? And why are they using the fact that they are student-athletes as evidence of their "good character"? Do people out there realize that male sports teams purposely foster some of the most misogynistic, homophobic environments you can find? They like to hide behind the idea that they are creating a positive heterosexual male culture but fail to see that they are doing this by degrading anything that does not fit within that description.
My friend Christine pointed out this fact: we are so concerned about treating the victim and punishing the criminial that we are ignoring the fact that our society is creating males who are intolerant, oppressed, unemotionally-developed, and closed-minded. Who are these people raising them? You can't even use the excuse that circumstances caused their behavior. Misogynists and homophobes come from all parts of society. What are we doing? NOTHING. A college basketball player will stand in front of the camera and thank his mom but turn around and sexually assault a young woman. Another will claim that he doesn't care if a teammate is gay because it's all about scoring points but will then use slurs to describe their effeminate classmate. What are we teaching our kids? NOTHING, apparently.
If found guilty, what will the two white, Duke students get for kidnapping and raping? NOTHING really worth talking about. Probably suspension. Some jail time. What type of psychological counseling will they have to go through to figure out why they did this? Will they give a personal explaination as to why they committed such an act? What will all other student athletes gain from the experience or better yet what will they chose to gain from all this? I'm guessing... NOTHING.